the schedule for updates this year

A heads-up about update season: for the next few weeks I’ll be posting at midnight, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, and 5 pm (all times are Eastern)* … as a minimum. There will sometimes be additional posts at 10:30 am and random times throughout the afternoon as well!

We have a lot of updates.

Also, if you’ve had your letter answered here in the past and would like to send in an update, there’s still time to include it so go ahead and email it to me!

* That’s Monday through Thursday. Friday will be unpredictable.

{ 71 comments… read them below }

  1. Not Tom, Just Petty*

    Sorry for the earworm, but UPDATE SEASON
    “The most wonderful tiiiiimmmme of the yeeaaarrrr.”

    1. SlightlyDecapitated*

      This is precisely how I, and everyone I love, have been reacting to update season. It’s the bessssst!!!

  2. NotRealAnonForThis*


    Probably just as well we can’t use them here. It’d turn into a gif-off.

  3. Cat Lady*

    Very intrigued to see how previous letter writers are doing! While 2020 was definitely the Year of Things Going Bananas, I feel like 2021 was still an unusual year for most of us, to say the least.

    1. HerdingCatsWouldBeEasier*

      I feel like 2020 was the Year of Things Going Bananas and 2021 was the Year of I Guess Crazypants is Normal Now.

  4. Allornone*


    Thanks for the schedule. This helps me be able to read them with as little distraction from, you know, actual work as possible.

  5. Lizzo*


    :scrambles to set multiple alarms, to repeat every weekday from now until December’s end:

  6. Dutchie*

    Will we have a Worst Boss of 2021 contest and if so, when will it take place? (I forgot when the normal timeframe is for it.)

    1. Ask a Manager* Post author

      Yes! It’s in brackets again so it’ll take place over the course of a week, starting on December 7. I’m allowing a couple of days for voting in each round this year, since last year some people said they didn’t have enough time to vote.

      1. Dutchie*

        Great! I cannot wait! I’m sure I will be shocked all over again about all the horrible bosses I forgot.

  7. 3DogNight*

    I love this site, and I love how you have compassion for your writers. And, now I love how you are keeping us in the know about the updates! Thank you!

  8. Fancy Owl*

    I may or may not have just translated the times into Pacific time and wrote them on a post-it to keep in my drawer at work. Can’t wait!

      1. Grizabella the Glamour Cat*

        I’m in the Central time zone, so I only have to adjust by an hour. Which is a good thing, since I’m math-challengd!

        1. Imaginary Friend*

          Hint for anyone who sees this (a day after the post): most calendar programs allow you to have 2 timezones showing… Apparently it’s to make scheduling WORK STUFF easier. :-)

  9. MI Dawn*

    Alison – thank you so much for all the extra work you put into Update Season! I really love seeing what has happened to those who wrote in, and got such great advice (even if it’s NOT what the OP wanted to hear…lol)

  10. z*

    Will we hear if our update will be published or not? I sent mine in before the holiday and I haven’t heard anything :/

    1. Ask a Manager* Post author

      I’m sorry, I have so many that I haven’t acknowledged all of them yet! I’m sending out emails with links and dates of publication in batches, but you will definitely get an email ahead of time!

    1. Ask a Manager* Post author

      I’m in Eastern, but everything is pre-scheduled to auto-publish on its own (so I’m not sitting here clicking a button at each of those times — to the contrary, I intend to relax and do very little!).

  11. Meg*

    I hope we get an update from the poor girl at the beginning of November who walked in on her CEO doing… NSFW things. I really hope it worked out for her in the end and especially that the CEO wasn’t a monster about it.

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